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South African-born Ryan Gilbert is making some big waves in the international fintech space. This comes after the serial entrepreneur joined the board of San Francisco’s Propel Venture Partners — a VC firm which recently received US$250-million from Spanish banking giant BBVA to invest in financial innovations.
As part of the deal, the San Francisco Business Times reports, BBVA is shutting down its corporate-venture arm. Gilbert will be joining Propel’s other managing partners are Jay Reinemann and Tom Whiteaker.
Gilbert earned his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in the early 1990s after which he moved over to California. He then founded Better Finance (previously known as BillFloat), which has gone on to raise US$37-million in various rounds and recorded record growth.
According to San Francisco Business Times, Better Finance was the Bay Area’s fastest-growing private company last year, based on 3 000% revenue growth between 2012 and 2014.
He also founded and sold his second startup, PropertyBridge, for US$28-million in 2007.
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